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Get a tutorial on how this new platform will work for our event. Then, network with attendees and speakers and visit tables to check out student opportunities — all on our virtual platform.


12:30p — KEYNOTE: Climate Change Beyond a Human Lifetime

There's a problem inherent in the way we're processing the climate crisis: We don't live long enough to truly feel it. National Geographic Explorer and documentary filmmaker John Sutter has launched an unprecedented project to chronicle the future. He’s working with children around the world to tell an entirely new story about the climate crisis — one that lasts longer than we do. Q&A to follow. 


1:00p — KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Talking Climate and Weather with One of the Most Trusted Voices in America

Legendary broadcaster Al Roker is one of the most recognized figures in American life. On NBC’s Today Show he communicates important weather information to a wide and diverse audience. As a storyteller on NBC’s Climate Unit, he dives into the story of climate change, extreme weather, and solutions for our planet. In this conversation, learn more about compelling climate communication and reaching your audience.




1:30p — CONVERSATION: Meet the Mayor of America’s Hottest City

In 2020, Phoenix, Arizona, experienced 145 days of 100-degree weather. The mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, describes new urban technologies that the city is implementing to battle the dangers of extreme heat.


Then join Planet Forward student contributors Adora Shortridge and William Walker from Arizona State University, and GW's National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication and author of "Hot, Hungry Planet," Lisa Palmerfor a live Q&A about their work looking into feasible and equitable heat-preparedness strategies for some of our most vulnerable citizens. 


Last year we missed the opportunity to connect with you personally at our conference. This year, we’ve created a networking room where you can join a virtual table and connect with sustainability professionals, expert storytellers, and your peers. Learn about careers and communication in sustainability. Each table will have a designated host and is limited to eight participants to encourage personal conversations and connections. We will have two rounds during this session so you can switch tables and meet more people. Don’t worry — we’ll announce our table hosts and share a map of the event, prior to the event so you can plan your networking ahead of time!

3:00p — INSTITUTIONAL IMPACT: Moving Away from Single-Use Plastics

George Washington University recently announced it will phase out single-use plastics on campus. GW President Thomas LeBlanc explains why, how, and what it means.


3:05p — GAME TIME! Let's Talk Storyfest

You’ve published your stories on all year — now we put your stories front and center with a panel of science and media experts. ASU Global Futures Laboratory Steven Beschloss, PBS (WNET) Executive Producer Eugenia Harvey, Project Drawdown’s Matt Scott, and GW Professor Dr. Tara Scully join us to showcase some of the exceptional Storyfest entries for 2021.  


3:20p — ANNOUNCEMENT: The Storyfest Winners

Frank Sesno will reveal the six grand prize winners, each of whom will receive $500 and have 50 trees planted in their names in a National Forest courtesy of our friends at One Tree Planted.

3:30p — KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Meet the new EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan

This year's Summit is focused on urgency, action, and inclusion. There's no better person to talk to about this than the new EPA Administrator Michael Regan. He is the former secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, where under his tenure he established the state's first Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board. Regan received his MPA from George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in 2004, and he is an alumnus of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He is the first Black man and the first graduate of a historically Black college and university to run the EPA in its
50-year history. 

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